Doctors who work with children are near the bottom of the above chart, while specialists hover near the top. On average, specialists make 45.6 percent more than primary care physicians. That's the exact same salary gap the report found in 2015.
The full report contains an in-depth breakdown of physician income. One insight, highlighted by Business Insider, reveals that white doctors, regardless of their specialty, tend to make more money than their "equally qualified peers of color."
While some specialties have had income ups and downs over the years -- and physicians tend to make more money working in small cities -- the overall average income across specialties has risen regularly since 2011. In that year, the average income was $206,000. The average is up to $294,000 in the latest report. One of the reasons for the rise is "intense competition for doctors," Travis Singleton, senior vice president of Merritt Hawkins, told BI.